James W. Wansley
Professor, Clayton Homes Chair of Excellence in Finance, and Department Head
428 Stokely Management Center
Department of Finance
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
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Jim Wansley is the head of the Department of Finance at The University of Tennessee and holds the Clayton Homes Chair of Excellence in Finance. He is the former Director of the Financial Institutions Center at The University of Tennessee. He previously served on the finance faculty at Louisiana State University. Jim earned a BA degree from Emory University, an M.B.A. from the University of Georgia, and the Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. Jim is the author of more than two dozen publications and research papers that have appeared in journals including the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Services Research, Financial Management, The Financial Review, Journal of Financial Research, and the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting. His research has focused on the market for corporate control, especially the method of payment used in acquisitions, corporate financial policies, and bank capital issues.
He has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Financial Research, the Financial Review as well as the FMA’s Survey and Synthesis series. He is currently a trustee of the Eastern Finance Association and has served formerly as President and Vice President of the Eastern Finance Association; President, Vice President and member of the executive board of the Southern Finance Association; and President and Vice President of the Financial Management Association.
Jim teaches regularly at the Graduate School of Banking of the South, and the Southeastern School of Banking. He has been a finalist for the Ross Outstanding Teaching Award presented by the College of Business for senior faculty. In 1994, he was the recipient of the Hoechst-Celanese Award for Research and Teaching, and in 1999, he received the Bank of America Faculty Leader Medal Award in the College of Business. In 2008 and 2010, he received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Aerospace Executive MBA program. He has worked with bank holding companies in the area of compliance and investment policies. He is a member of the board of directors for Vinyl Corners, Inc. and is a former member of the board of directors for BankEast, where he chaired the Asset Liability and Investment Committee. In 2011-February 2012, he served on the Knoxville Pension Task Force, formed by the Knoxville City Council. He is the founding President of the Knoxville chapter of Chartered Financial Analysts, and holds the Chartered Financial Analysts designation. He serves on the Savings and Retirement Investment Committee of ORNL.